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Title: Development of a computational simulation model for conflict management in team building
Authors: Wang, WM
Ting, SL
Keywords: Computational organization theory
Computational simulation
Conflict handling style
Conflict management
Multi-agent systems
Team building
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Source: International journal of engineering business management, 2011, v. 3, no. 2, p. 9-15 How to cite?
Journal: International journal of engineering business management 
Abstract: Conflict management is one of the most important issues in leveraging organizational competitiveness. However, traditional social scientists built theories or models in this area which were mostly expressed in words and diagrams are insufficient. Social science research based on computational modeling and simulation is beginning to augment traditional theory building. Simulation provides a method for people to try their actions out in a way that is cost effective, faster, appropriate, flexible, and ethical. In this paper, a computational simulation model for conflict management in team building is presented. The model is designed and used to explore the individual performances related to the combination of individuals who have a range of conflict handling styles, under various types of resources and policies. The model is developed based on agent-based modeling method. Each of the agents has one of the five conflict handling styles: accommodation, compromise, competition, contingency, and learning. There are three types of scenarios: normal, convex, and concave. There are two types of policies: no policy, and a reward and punishment policy. Results from running the model are also presented. The simulation has led us to derive two implications concerning conflict management. First, a concave type of resource promotes competition, while convex type of resource promotes compromise and collaboration. Second, the performance ranking of different styles can be influenced by introducing different policies. On the other hand, it is possible for us to promote certain style by introducing different policies.
EISSN: 1847-9790
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